- Microsoft announced that the Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop application will be out of support and will be automatically replaced.
- Once you install the April 2021 update, the new Microsoft Edge will take its place.
- The new Microsoft Edge comes with improved security options across the board.
- Microsoft states that all data and personalization settings will remain after the switch.
It’s finally here. The original Microsoft Edge browser will be retired and it will be replaced by the new Chromium-based version that comes with strong improvements in many areas.
This change will take place with the April 2021 update and once you install the cumulative updates of the patch, Microsoft Edge will be removed and it will be replaced by the new Chromium version.
Microsoft has announced the Edge legacy will be replaced later in August 2020:
“When you apply this update to your devices, the out-of-support Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop application will be removed and the new Microsoft Edge will be installed. The new Microsoft Edge offers built-in security and our best interoperability with the Microsoft security ecosystem, all while being more secure than Chrome for businesses on Windows 10”
If you are wondering what happens to your data once you update to the new Microsoft Edge, there’s no need to worry. All your data including bookmarks, history, etc. will be transferred, automatically, to the Chromium Edge.
Skipping the update is not something that Microsoft recommends since this also contains more security updates that you should benefit from.
Reassuring its users that they will not lose anything, including the personalization settings, comes as a strong encouragement so that users don’t uphold the April 2021 update.
We do not recommend skipping this update. Windows cumulative monthly security updates provide critical updates to the Windows 10 operating system. Your Windows 10 defaults and personalization, such as your default browser or taskbar pins, will be respected (e.g. if you had Microsoft Edge Legacy pinned to the taskbar, this would be replaced with the new Microsoft Edge).
However, keep in mind that if you have your Windows 10 installed from an offline source, such as an ISO disk, you may have issues with having Edge Legacy replaced properly.
Rest assured, if you are using a different version of Windows, such as Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or macOS, and Linux the new browser will work perfectly.
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